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Southeast Area

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Archie Tucker, Director

ARS’s Southeast Area delivers innovative, scientific solutions to national and global agricultural challenges. The Area supports ARS National Programs covering animal production and protection; nutrition, food quality and safety; natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems; and crop production and protection. Research programs in the Southeast Area are carried out in 66 research units at 27 locations in 9 states and Puerto Rico.

In This Section

Sweetpotato Varieties Fight Pests

In recent years, farmers in the southeastern United States have struggled with the invasive guava root-knot nematode.

Leftovers Make Good Fish Food

Researchers determined that clam byproducts and hemp fibers meet the nutritional needs of farmed fish Florida pompano.

New Ways to Sterilize Mosquitoes

ARS researchers collaborated with scientists from the University of Florida to develop a simpler method to sterilize mosquitoes.

How Healthy is Your Soil?

Researchers have developed a new, easier way to find the answer to the question, "How much carbon is stored in soil?"

Screening to Breed Superior Cotton

Scientists are producing new strains of cotton that offer both quality and abundance.

Building a Better Honey Bee

ARS researchers are studying genetics and breeding to make honey bees more resilient.

‘Programming’ Babies for Better Health?

ARS-funded researchers investigated how the content of oligosaccharides differed in milk produced by women with normal weight, overweight, or obesity.

Aquatic Plants to the Rescue!

ARS researchers found that keeping plants in drainage ditches can benefit the aquatic ecosystem

Centipedegrass Food for Pollinators

ARS researchers discovered that bees collect pollen from centipedegrass flower heads.

Determining Risk of Avian Influenza

ARS researchers studied the transmission dynamics of avian influenza virus in disease outbreaks of both commercial and backyard flocks.